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 Expert  719395

Expert in Refractories and Ceramics

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Arizona (AZ)
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Expert has had extensive experience in industry as well as academia in the area of advanced ceramics. He was a professor of Ceramic Engineering for 12 years, and has been a Summer Researcher at three national labs. He has been closely involved with the advancement of oxide and non-oxide ceramics. In addition, his consulting work has included projects on aluminosilicate, SiC, AlN, spinel, Al2TiO5, glass-ceramics, and other ceramic products.

ceramic material


ceramic technology


non-oxide ceramic


oxide ceramic

Most of Expert's career has been spent conducting refractory failure analyses in a wide range of high-temperature manufacturing/processing applications. These applications include steel, glass, chemicals, non-ferrous metals, and incinerators. For the last 25+ years Expert has conducted refractory failure analyses in a variety of different contexts; as an industrial technologist, academic, and a consultant. A diversity of materials has been involved in his work, including both oxide and non-oxide types. His research and work apply to industrial applications including steel, glass furnaces, aluminum and copper furnaces, incinerators, foundries, ladles, chimneys, duct-work, heat recuperators, and PFBC air filters.

refractory ceramic failure


furnace refractory system


monolithic refractory

Expert has had 25+ years of experience in almost all aspects and types of fired, unfired, fibrous, and monolithic industrial refractories. This includes fireclay, alumina, silica, basic, insulating, carbon, and special products for many different applications. His experience and contact network in the field is international in scope and includes more than 200 lectures on five continents.





refractory ceramic


refractory compound

Expert has had 25+ years of experience in the research, testing, and practical studies involving a variety of fired and unfired basic products such as magnesia, magnesia-chrome, chromite, dolomite, and magnesia-carbon/graphite.

basic refractory


magnesite refractory


neutral refractory

Expert's 25+ years of experience have included research, development, testing, and practical studies on many fired, unfired, and monolithic fireclay and alumina products. Some of the specific types of refractories include high-duty fireclay, super-duty fireclay, 70% alumina, mullite, 85% alumina, 90% alumina, alumina-chrome, and alumina-zircon-silica.

alumina refractory




fireclay refractory

Expert has been involved in the thermal characterization of refractories for at least 25+ years, including DTA, thermal shock and conductivity, lining design and heat flow, energy conservation, and others. His efforts in this field have resulted in multi-million dollar savings for several companies. In addition, his work on the thermal shock testing of refractories resulted in a new ASTM standard test (C-1100, Ribbon Test).

refractory testing


solid thermodynamic characteristic


thermal shock testing


ASTM standard refractory test

Expert was the Director of the Refractories Research Center at Ohio State University for 12 years. The RRC was the only full service referee refractories testing lab in the US, offering over 100 ASTM standard tests, each of which included a variety of mechanical property determinations. As the Director of the RRC, Expert managed and wrote reports for 200-250 testing projects per year.

refractory mechanical property

Expert has had 20+ years of hands-on lab and field testing experience using non-destructive, ultrasonic techniques on refractories. He has helped to develop methods to non-destructively estimate the strength (or Weibull Modulus) of a refractory/ceramic, to monitor and compare its thermal shock resistance, and to detect internal cracks or defects. These techniques have been summarized in published papers.

refractory nondestructive testing


nondestructive testing

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Phoenix, Arizona;  Tucson, Arizona;  Mesa, Arizona;  Glendale, Arizona;  Scottsdale, Arizona;  Chandler, Arizona;  Tempe, Arizona;  Gilbert, Arizona;  and Peoria, Arizona.

Often requested
with this expert:

Ceramics, Refractories
Refractories and Ceramics: Raw Materials, Manufacturing and...
Combustion, Heat Transfer, Process Furnaces, Incineration,...
Incineration Technology and Other Thermal Technologies for...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1968   PhD   Mineralogy, Ceramic Engineering (minor)   Ohio St. University  
1965   MSc   Mineralogy   Miami University, Ohio  
1962   BS   Geology   Miami  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1997 to 1999


The Winters Company


Manager of Consulting Services


Provided a wide range of refractories consulting services to industry.

1986 to 1997


Expert Materials Services




1974 to 1986


Ohio State University


Associate Professor and Director Refractories Research Center


1971 to 1974


Harbison Walker Refractories Company


Senior Research Minerologist


1970 to 1971


Washington University


Assistant Professor


1968 to 1970


Monsanto Corporation


Senior Research Chemist


1964 to 1965


Ferro Corporation


Research Engineer


Career Accomplishments:
Professional Appointments

Expert is a Fellow and was Vice President-International for the American Ceramic Society. He is also a reviewer/abstractor for the National Science Foundation, the American Foundrymen's Society, American Ceramic Society, and Technical Association of Refractories, Japan.


Expert received the St. Louis Refractories Award in 1995.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert holds three patents, 70+ publications, and he is active in the international refractories community.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Mining Engr.  
 - Proceedings, Outlook for Refractories, Industrial Minerals  
 - Proceedings.Okayama Ceramics Center  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Refractory expert for consulting on potential vendors for AZS refractories.
  • Expert in Bayer Cropscience thermal oxidizer refractory failure.
  • Refractory expert for consulting on determination of likely failure cause for a alumina-chrome lining in a rotary kiln.
  • Particle synthesis expert needed for consulting regarding Furnaces For Fine Particle Synthesis.
  • Expert in isostatic molding of ceramic for consulting on industrial ceramic alumina 99.5%.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has been involved more than 50 legal cases since 1980. He was retained in most of these cases to determine the causes for failure of equipment such as furnaces, incinerators, chemical reactors, and ovens used in various applications, both industrial and commercial.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in coke ovens, asbestos& refractory for consulting on mesothelioma professional liability case.
  • Refractory expert needed for litigation regarding the cause of a refractory failure.
  • Expert for consulting on Carbonic and graphitic material.
  • Expert in intota for consulting on Electric arc furnace breakout.
  • Expert for consulting on furnace explosion & refractory failure.
  • Refractory engineering expert for consulting on wear and tear of a furnace used to manufacture glass.
  • Expert for consulting on Glass Furnace - Interruption in Gas Supply.
  • Expert for litigation involving asbestos/solvay process/calciner oven.
  • Expert witnesses on furniture design for consulting on Furniture Design Patent Infringement.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
Worldwide   Expert has consulted for more than 200 corporations worldwide, including Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Allied Chemical Corporation, 3M Company, Alcoa, and Chevron Chemicals. His consulting efforts have yielded multi-million dollar savings for several clients.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Expert has some speaking ability in German.
Japanese   Expert has some ability in conversational Japanese.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of industrial refractory products (U.S. & foreign), refractory raw materials (U.S. & foreign), and refractory testing services.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has consulted for more than 200 corporations worldwide, including Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Allied Chemical Corporation, 3M Company, Alcoa, and Chevron Chemicals. His consulting efforts have yielded multi-million dollar savings for several clients.


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